Trump fulfills emotional needs for supporters
Last updated 9/13/2023 at 2:25pm
Early in Barack Obama’s presidency, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his most important achievement would be to make Obama a one-term president.
Ever since, McConnell has opposed anything Democrats have introduced, even if originally
Republican-proposed (e.g., Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health plan predating Obamacare). This includes blocking legislation Obama and subsequent Democrats continually propose to rescue lower- and middle-income workers, many unjustly left behind.
Lately, McConnell has given indications of realizing he’s created a monster – Donald Trump –but lacks the integrity to reverse course.
Angry, marginalized workers with legitimate grievances were fertile ground for the lies, hate and bigotry of Trump; many were drawn to him even though he’s always favored the rich, especially with his tax cuts.
The reward for his followers was satisfying their emotions, not in political accomplishments meeting their real challenges.